Jack Straw, Sugaree, Wang Dang Eyes Of The World, Way To Go Home, Truckin', Smokestack Lightning, Terrapin Station, Drums, Spanish Jam, I Need A Miracle, Standing On the Moon, One More Saturday Night, E: Knockin' On Heaven's Door
whole show; SBD > DAT > Lucid PCI24 > Gina 2496 > CEP > CDR; CDR> EAC> WAV> MKW> SHN by Charlie Kidder
November 14, 2019 Subject:
terrapin and associated jamming
i have endless love for a late 80s/early 90s terrapin station done right. majestic and powerful and otherworldly. not to mention the long group improvisation that often occurred after the coda. this version has all of those. after about 11 min of the song, band subtly lifts off with an airy, flowing, bouncy and sweet jam. garcia seems to take off for his break after a few minutes but rest of the band acquit themselves nicely in his absence. phil is star here for the most part on lead bass, with nice fills from vince and midi-fied weir comping. (incredibly and annoyingly, vince actually throws in a few seconds of his ubiquitous cha-cha riff thingy, wtf?). band gets into a funky kind of syncopation before drummers take over. overall very cool! (though not as good overall or as transcendent as some of the other similar big terrapins from the era, e.g., 6/23/93). nice space tribal vibe in drumz for a few minutes before things get more spare/stark and dramatic. the guitarists enter and after a couple minutes spanish jam emerges— deconstructed and gnarly, garcia midi trumpet over the wreckage for a couple more minutes before drummers join and the full band jam gains in power and structure. pretty glorious. post drumz segment is also almost perfect with very high energy i need a miracle that everyone nails, flawless and poignant standing on the moon (garcia giving it at the end!), energized one more saturday night ends the set on a high note (this run of vegas shows must have been a blast to catch)
overall really impressive playing throughout the solid show highlighted by the terrapin>jam>drumz>spanish jam sequence
other highlights: lightning garcia runs on sugaree; solid late second quarter improv on cassidy followed by spirited don’t ease, wonderful way to end the set; appropriately dirty playing and singing on smokestack lightning.
January 14, 2019 Subject:
I sang a little while and then flew on.
May 30, 2013 Subject:
Jerry in jams! -
The big man had on these crazy, baggy silk monstrosities and big ol', floppy-white tennis shoes - and was in pretty fine form. The Vegas run of '92 is the most highly praised series of shows from this year, but they're filled with quite a few problems; the night before and after have sound troubles that really do put a damper on the performances and the recording. This night is no exception when it comes to the quality of the board (no wonder why the Schoeps FOB is more highly sought-after). I'm here to review both the show through the pleasure of watching the video over on youtube, using what I think is this board - not the best source, but the experience of seeing the band through this performance is so odd it has to be shared. Since this board has things all mixed around anyways, head on over while it's still online!
Set 1 is *pretty* good - Jack Straw opens things up mightily and they kind of cruise on that energy well enough (Cumberland really does, unfortunately, suffer worst when it comes to the board mix) and Cassidy has, as usual when closing out the set, a smokin' jam.
Set 2 really delivers - I actually like Vince's Long Way...and by now, if you're tuned into the vid, the ubiquitous VIP-types hanging around so conspicuously next to Jerry's rig begin to perk up (maybe they're Vince's entourage? And hey, it's that weird dude with the glasses from the night before, dancing around like a maniac!). For me, the section from Terrapin through the Spanish Jam really does tilt this one towards a full five - despite Jerry leaving quite early into the post-Terrapin jam (truly an epic reading of the tune, by the way!) they pummel it right out and you're not for want.
Standing on the Moon has another wonderful vocal coda from Jerry and a beautiful solo, and check that manic energy for the Sat. Nite closer - the band manages through the mixing, sound, and weather problems to deliver the goods. Considering how '92 is rather slim pickens for truly great shows, I think we can rank this one up there. For me it's *easily* the best of the 3 nights in Vegas.
***btw, regarding the vid - it's such a strange experience. The weird, muffled board synced up to the band, with aud filler in the tuning parts, the impossible-to-ignore presence of the Vegas Weird VIP-ers, given, most amusingly, center-stage during a rather tumultuous Drums > Space and turning the whole thing into a rather unsettling David Lynch-ian vibe...the focus in on Jerry's jams and sneakers during Standing....I tell you, this thing is bizarre-o.
October 22, 2011 Subject:
The Best GD show I ever saw!
I had two extra Friday night tickets,on Saturday,for some reason and no Sat. night ticket. Wondering around near the gate wondering what to do, I saw the most beautiful dread-locked young female I had ever seen, holding up one finger and wearing a patch-work dress with a petticoat. I asked her if she wanted to try and walk in with my two, whole Fri. night tickets and she agreed. We walked up to the gates with hope in our hearts and love on my mind. We held hands as we approached the ticket checker. It was a young looking female checking tickets and we looked desperately into her eyes and begged "please." She just looked at us and tore the stubs off and handed them back! We were in!
Looking back, this was the best show I ever experienced with the Grateful Dead from '91 to '95. In a word "Magical."
First and second set reviews are numerous, but on a personal note, I fell deeply in love with this girl by the time I saw her doing the ho-down to "Cumberland Blues" and love has never left my memories for her. Her name was Alison and she was from Athens, GA. We spent the whole show together and at the end she saw some people she was traveling with and left me, never to be seen again. The music was epic, Jerry sounded strong, I got in for free and I fell in love with a girl I have never seen since that day.
July 18, 2010 Subject:
This was a great show!
The lightning show was the best. This was only Jerry show but I had an amazing time. I went on 5-29 too but 5-30 was 10 times better. The lightning behind the stage was amazing and it was amongst clouds with little bit of pinkish hues mixed in. Ill never forget this...EVER!
December 5, 2007 Subject:
Last time that I tripped
feels just like yesterday... very pure, very delicious..
November 12, 2007 Subject:
I toured pretty heavily from 90-94. This is one of the top 10 shows of that time period, although I am not sure that these audio tapes can accurately convey the majesty of being there. (I know, I know, they never do...)
I had a completely effing magical experience coming out of the tunnels from the bathrooms right as Standing on the Moon bathed us all with blinding flashes of lightning out across the mountain/desert landscape. Making my way down to my friends behind the soundboard was a completely mesmerizing performance, one of those crowd strolls that just felt like a long walk across your living room with just enough time to say hi to 30,000 of your closest friends. And the SOTM was just one of those moments when Jerry really reached inside and soothed any lingering remnants of trouble in my soul.
Arrived at homebase (Phil side of the soundboard) just in time to do some tremendous cathartic boogie to One More Saturday Night. This was about as emphatically as I ever saw a dead show shake it.
This show should be an official video release.
April 14, 2005 Subject:
first set has been switched w/second set in the track listing, the setlist below that has a mistake as well- first set is only listed as being a couple songs before launching into Eyes...and I am still unclear about the spanish jam (it's listed twice which is one thing,but the track that is supposed to include some of space is actually shorter than just the Spanish-Jam.) I tried to make sense out of it by comparing the lengths w/the Aud version of the same song/same night, but that makes it more confusing. see deadbase.com for a reality check. other than that it sounds great.
November 19, 2004 Subject:
Ode to an Honest Injun...
Hey! I was there for that and remember very clearly the clouds coming. I saw the sky turn so beautifully nasty in almost a minute, just when the spanish jam was kickin in, then they did a Rain and Snow jam for almost a minute! Remember Phil starting it? Great time! True that God was there, as I saw the rain with my eyes! Cept we didn't get wet inside, and there wasn't a roof! Man, what a great show. The rain mysteriously dissappeared bout half an hour after the show ended, and everyone left satisfied. First shows on my own without any friends able to make it, and three of my favourites to remember fondly...
August 28, 2004 Subject:
maybe the storm messed up the recording gear,,,plagued by peaked levels....distortion...not a good DL>.......they are playing their asses off as usual though.....headphones don't lie
June 13, 2004 Subject:
The Miracle Lightning Show
I still can't listen to the great audience copy I own. It makes the fear and loathing and pure joy I experienced this day come back in a bit too vivid a fashion.
Sure the next day had the Help Slip Franklins and the Scarlet Fire. But quite simply, this show changed my life. It's the day IT happened. The day I met Mike Steel. The day I saw God in the thunderclouds. The day they opened with a crackling Jack Straw>Sugaree. The day we sang along to High Time. The day we spotted Scott clear across the Silverbowl. The day they went into Cumberland instead of Big River. The day lightning struck all around the bowl but not a drop on us. The day of the double rainbow. The day I was so grateful to be alive. If you were there, you know what I'm talking about. Enjoy.